Biofuels, hydroelectric plants and wind farms are among the priorities in the energy sector
With one of the cleanest energy matrices in the world, Brazil is currently investing in renewable energy sources in order to maintain its position in the coming decades. The Brazilian goal of securing its position as a global reference includes actions aimed at electricity generation from hydro, wind, biomass and biofuel resources, following guidelines set out by the Ten Year Plan for Energy.
With continental proportions and privileged with abundant natural resources, Brazil is capable of becoming both an energy and environmental power. According to the President of the Energy Research Company (EPE), Maurício Tolmasquim, the country's energy mix will remain essentially clean, with low carbon emissions, while the export of oil extracted from new reserves will help to supply the international market. In this interview, Tolmasquim presents figures that support the development of Brazil anchored on low emission energy generation.
The head of the Brazilian delegation to COP 17, Ambassador André Correa do Lago, expressed hope today for a global agreement on a second period under the Kyoto Protocol.
The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, will be held in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9, 2011.
Porto Alegre, capital of the southern State of Rio Grande do Sul, will host on November 21-22, 2011 the Second Annual Meeting of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC). The event is co-organized by the GFCC, the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) and the Brazilian Competitiveness Movement. Competitiveness Councils from 13 countries, including Brazil, Saudi Arabia, UAE, United States, Korea, and Russia will attend.
The credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has upgraded Brazil's government debt. The credit rating for long-term debt in local currency was upgraded from BBB+ to A-, whereas the long-term debt in foreign currency went from BBB- to BBB, with a positive outlook. The agency's decision to upgrade Brazil's rating in the current global economic scenario is a recognition of the right course of Brazilian economic policy, as well as of the sound fundamentals of the country's economy.
The Brazilian government has launched a national plan to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, the "Viver sem Limites" ("Living Without Limits" in Portuguese). The plan comprehends policies in key areas such as education, health, citizenship and accessibility. The aim is to promote social inclusion and independent living of disabled people by eliminating barriers and allowing better access to goods and services.
The Design Vlaanderen Center in Brussels dedicates until February 2012 an exhibition to trace the evolution of Brazilian Design. The exhibition is part of Europalia 2011, an European festival that will celebrate the Brazilian culture in Belgium and four other countries.
President Dilma Rousseff announced on November 8 the creation of a nation-wide home care program ("Melhor em Casa"), aiming to expand the services of the Brazilian National Health System (SUS). The goal is to achieve by 2014 one thousand home care teams and 400 support teams throughout the country. Investments are expected to reach 600 million dollars. Each home care team shall be composed primarily of doctors, nurses, nursing technicians and physiotherapists that should care for an average of 60 patients per month.
Gathered in France, the leaders of the G20 launched on November 4 the "Cannes Action Plan for Growth and Jobs". The plan aims at addressing short-term vulnerabilities and strengthening medium-term foundations for growth and job creation. It underlines the committment of the G20 leaders to support the recovery, ensure financial stability and restore confidence. As said by President Rousseff, global recovery depends on greater political cohesion and macroeconomic coordination between the world's major economies.
Midas Medici Group Holdings Inc., an innovative green IT company in the fields of virtualization, cloud computing and data management, announced that its CIMCORP brand has been awarded a $1.3 million contract from the Military Police of Sao Paulo, Brazil. CIMCORP will be upgrading the Military Police's server infrastructure and enhancing its virtualization environment.
The Brazilian government released on November 1 the proposals it will bring to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to be held in Rio de Janeiro from May 28 to June 6, 2012. The proposals demonstrate Brazil's commitment to sustainable development and to one of its essential elements, poverty eradication, as well as to the strengthening of multilateralism.
TNK-Brasil (a 100% subsidiary of TNK-BP Group) announced Monday that it has signed a farm-in and a joint operating agreement (JOA) with the Brazilian company HRT O&G. Through the deal TNK-Brasil will acquire a 45% stake in the Solimoes Basin project in Brazil.
The Open Group has extended its global reach to include its first office in South America. The Open Group's new office in Sao Paulo, Brazil and presence in the region will allow IT professionals throughout South America to more easily participate in the consortium's development of vendor-neutral IT open standards and certification programs.
Porto Alegre, capital of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, will host between 28 October and 15 November the 57th edition of its traditional Book Fair. Biggest open-air event of its kind in the Americas, the 2011 Porto Alegre Book Fair will gather editors and writers from all over Brazil and abroad, and expects more than 1.7 million visitors.
MZ – IR Services, the world's leading independent provider of investor relations consulting, services and technology, announced Thursday the launch of the Stock Surveillance Monitor (SSM).
This new user-friendly and web-accessible technological platform allows companies to monitor the composition of investment fund portfolios on a daily basis, and analyze the main factors influencing the trading of their own shares and those of their peers.
MZ Group and Brazil’s MVL Communications Thursday announced the merger of their operations. MVL is a Brazilian leader in organizational communications, crisis management and solutions for dialogue between people and brands in classic and digital media. The transaction will be concluded this December following due diligence from both parties.
MZ Group is a multinational company and the world's largest independent provider of investor relations (IR), corporate communications, governance, market intelligence and applied technology services.
Brazilian unemployment fell to a record low of 6% for the month of September, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). The index is 0.2 percentage points lower than September 2010.In comparison to August 2011, the rate remained stable at 6%. There are now approximately 1.45 million unemployed people in Brazil.
In the metropolitan area of Recife, capital of the northeastern state of Pernambuco, unemployment fell by 2.4 percentage points, from 8.8% to 6.4%.
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Boeing, Embraer and the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) Wednesday announced plans to collaborate on long-term aviation biofuels-related research and development.
The undertaking marks another major step toward the creation of a sustainable aviation biofuels industry in Brazil. Azul, GOL, TAM and Trip airlines will be strategic advisors in the program.
China Automotive Systems Inc (CAAS), a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, Monday announced that its Board of Directors has approved the formation of a joint venture in Brazil to target the largest automotive market in South America.
According to a company release, the new joint venture, which will be 80% owned by CAAS's wholly own subsidiary, Hengsheng, will be based in Sao Paulo and established with two local Brazilian automotive partners, with ownership of 15% and 5%, respectively.
Foreign direct investment in Brazil reached 50.4 billion dollars between January and September this year, the highest number ever recorded in Brazilian history.
The result of the first nine months of 2011 represents an increase of 123% over the same period last year. Investment between January and September 2010 reached 22.55 billion dollars. The total FDI flow from January to December 2010 reached 48.4 billion dollars.
Brazil was elected on October 24 for a term of three years (2012-2014) in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations(ECOSOC). The country received 186 of the 191 possible votes.
The Council, composed of 54 members, is one of the main UN bodies. Among other functions, ECOSOC monitors the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and the outcome of United Nations conferences on economic and social issues. Together with the Security Council, ECOSOC coordinates UN assistance to countries emerging from conflicts.
On the occasion of the visit to Brasilia of the Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, President Dilma Rousseff celebrated the 120 years of Ukrainian immigration to Brazil. There are presently about 500 thousand descendants of Ukrainian immigrants in Brazil, the third largest community in the world.
Lehigh Technologies, manufacturer of sustainable, micronized rubber powders, announced Monday its expansion into Brazil with the appointment of Eduardo Roberto De Ranieri as country manager, Brazil.